RAY DEMARINI SET OUT TO BUILD THE BEST BATS. WITH HIS TEAM, HE BUILT AN EMPIRE.
“YOU CAN TEACH SKILLS; YOU CAN’T TEACH CHARACTER.”
DeMarini is no ordinary company. It’s a madhouse--and everyone on the team shares Ray’s particular brand of insanity.
Just like Ray did in the beginning, we pride ourselves on building a team insanely dedicated to performance. Year after year, DeMarini continues to create game-changing bats thanks to our band of outlaws 107 deep who work hard, win big and love every minute of it, right here in Hillsboro, Oregon.
here’s what makes this one-of-a-kind team
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To make unconventional bats, Ray knew it would take an unconventional team. At DeMarini, nobody knows their job title because it just doesn’t matter. Great ideas come from every corner of our building, and people at all levels of the organization jump in whenever and wherever needed.
OBSESSED WITH THE DETAILS
Everyone who works for DeMarini has tremendous pride in the finished product. At every step in the process there’s someone making sure every detail meets the highest possible standards. In our world small changes can make a huge difference—like the difference between a fly out and home run, between winning and losing, or getting a scholarship vs. being a walk on. This mentality inspires us to focus on every detail of every new bat and technology.
NEVER SETTLE, KEEP MOVING FORWARD
Our team is made up of players, coaches, parents, and fans, so we take our responsibility to the game personally. We stand a little taller when we see a DeMarini bat on the field because we know the effort, love and insane dedication that went into building not just any bats, but the best bats in the game. As soon as a product is perfect, we’re onto the next big idea, and we’re always pushing to come up with something better, faster, and stronger.
CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
In the early days of DeMarini, we were able to build thousands of dollars worth of machinery for a tiny fraction of the cost by using parts we found laying around or purchased from garage sales. The team still relies on that same scrappiness, because to invent the best bats we need to invent machines to manufacture them. At DeMarini, 90% of our machines are made or modified in-house.
MEET THE OG's
Want proof that the culture is the same as back-in-the-day? Meet four of the OG outlaws who have been with DeMarini since the very beginning.
JERRY GARNETT - SENIOR MANAGER - SLOWPITCH
AT DEMARINI SINCE 1990
What year did you start at DeMarini? I started helping Ray part time on the weekends in 1990. I was compensated in a precious metal called Aluminum ALLOY! We made and sold our Singlewall Ultimate Weapon model. The business was very seasonal from the Fall of ‘89 when things started until the winter of ‘92 when our Doublewall Distance went into production. We started promoting and selling the Distance in the spring of ‘93 at grassroots events and through our 1-800-937-BATS #. Ray and Mike had one other person that was a contract worker but rumor has it that I am Numero Uno!
What roles have you filled?
In this order:
Production/Customer Service/Shipping Lead
I made them in the AM and then sold (phone) and shipped them in the PM.
Customer Service Mgr.
Grassroots Sales, Marketing & Promotions Mgr.
During this time I also played at the Major Division level (Men’s Slowpitch) and I would conduct store visits and sell to retailers while I was on the road playing... COOL JOB!!
Interim Plant Manager
National Slowpitch Marketing Mgr.
Senior Product Line Manager
Best part of working at DeMarini? Everything!! I am a lucky man to have been on this ride for almost 30 years!!!
NATE BALDWIN - PLANT MANAGER
AT DEMARINI SINCE 1995
What year did you start at DeMarini? 1995. I think I was employee number 6.
What roles have you filled? I started out as a temporary employee working on the production floor. Was hired full time, then became supervisor, then created the Manufacturing Engineering department as we grew. Eventually I moved into Operations and now I am Plant Manager.
Best part of working at DeMarini? One of the best parts of working at DeMarini is being a part of such a passionate and dedicated team. We all have an “owner” mentality and take great pride in the products that we make. We try every day to keep the Insane Dedication to Performance mindset that Ray founded the company on.
CHAD JASNOCH - PRODUCTION MANAGER
AT DEMARINI SINCE 1997
What year did you start at DeMarini? Started full time in Dec 97’ we didn’t really have employee numbers that made sense but I am the 3rd longest tenured employee at Demarini behind Jerry Garnett and Nate Baldwin.
What roles have you filled? I started out as a Temporary employee. I became full time in December of 97’ working mostly in the injection department for the first year. Then I got a promotion to the Lead of the injection department. In 2001 I was promoted again to be the shop floor supervisor. In 2003 I began also helping with some of the local HR responsibilities and in 2009 I was promoted to help co-plant manage alongside Nate Baldwin. By 2011 I started operating in my current Role as Production Manager. I currently manage the entire production process from start to finish.
Best part of working at DeMarini? Hands down the best part about working at Demarini is the people and the environment in which we get to work. We have an extremely strong team of individuals that are driven to win at all costs and are extremely humble. I am working in an industry I love, building equipment for the game I love, with a team of people I love.
HODAD - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
AT DEMARINI SINCE 1999
What year did you start at DeMarini? 1999. I’m not sure I have OG status like Garnett or Baldwin but at one point in time there was a group of us that had been around a long enough to be known as the “Dirty Dozen.”
What roles have you filled? Basically the same role of making sure bats get out the door with something fresh printed on them. Where it used to be just a few Slowpitch sticks for hardcore players - it’s now that plus dozens of models for Fastpitch and Baseball players of all ages.
Best part of working at DeMarini? The challenge of developing something new. I’m extremely fortunate to work with the crew we have here and be able to contribute something creative in the making of the best bats in the world every year.